You're never too old for Valentine's Day trivia - Janice Roosevelt, Ecobroker, ABR, ePRO - MATT FETICK REAL ESTATE - Keller Williams

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Brandywine Valley PARS273421 & De Lic.

Growing up in the Midwest, I remember  the Buster Brown shoe store and making Valentine's Day cards by hand from red and pink construction paper and paper doilies. It was a grand thing, what with cupcakes decorated with conversations hearts.

Today's research led me to vinegar valentines, a custom of paper insults given on February 14 and even memorialized in the Calvin and Hobbs Cartoon series.

Calvin often gives Susie vinegar valentines to cloak his true affections.

These caricatures such as the one here from Wikipedia can be sent to spinsters, floozies, dudes and scholars, Hmmm!--




The cards aren't anything too elablorate, a sheet of thin, colored paper or later, postcards, 

Considering that in our dire financial straights  the average American  consumer will spend $102.50 on Valentine's Day gifts, meals, and entertainment, according to an annual U.S. National Retail Federation survey-down from $122.98 per person in 2008. 

This year's retail predcition is for expenditures in excess of $14.7 billion for Valentine's Day, including 190 million cards, but not including all those handmade paper cards that kids exchange.

Some 20-25 milliion Chocolate kisses will be made along with 8 billion conversation hearts. 

In my office  Christina Hughes and I have consumed our fair share of officemate David's supply of pink and red M & Ms. We need to replenish them from the after VD sales and before he returns for North Carolina.

Fifteenth-century Aztec emperor Moctezuma  believed "eating chocolate on a regular basis made him more virile and better able to serve his harem,"

WOW! What does that say about my ability to deal with clients after a hot chocolate?.

An estimated 45.8 percent of U.S. consumers will exchange Valentine's Day candy, according to the retail federation survey-adding up to a sweet billion dollars in sales.

 About 75 percent of that billion is from sales of chocolate, which has been associated with romance at least since Mexico's Aztec Empire, according to a spokesperson with the association.

This is a huge improvement over the  legendary Roman origins of the celebration, Lupercalia Imagine the guys ripping off their togas and streaking, swigging their swale, and whipping young women to improve their fertility.

As with so many popular pagan rituals the Christina rulers, made lemon out of lemonade, and in the 3rd century, A.D. during the reign of Roman Emperor Claudis II, it was switched to Valentine's Day. Young men in the army were forbidden to marry and a man named Valentine performed marriages in secret for the soldiers. He was caught, killed in A.D. 270,  February 14 - and later sainted. Of course, there seem to be at last two other St. Valentines in Catholic history books.

Personally, I don't need an excuse to eat chocolate, but it is kinda nice




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Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

Janice, this is a great post!  I don't need an excuse to eat chocolate either!  xxoo  Best of luck tomorrow with the grand opening of the condos at the Arbours!

Feb 13, 2009 12:42 PM #1
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Thanks Susan. I knew there was a reason I liked you.

Feb 13, 2009 12:52 PM #2
Heather Chavez
Second Self Virtual Assistance - Caldwell, ID
Real Estate Virtual, Assistant (928) 692-3235

I love chocolate, too, Janice.  Have you ever tried Hershey's cherry kisses?  They're awesome.

Feb 14, 2009 12:35 PM #3
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Heather, no I haven't tried the cherry, but you bet I am going to now. We did a pubilc roll out of condos at the Arbours at West Gosehn today and we had a chocolate fountain and beautiful strawberries

Feb 14, 2009 05:27 PM #4
Regina P. Brown
California Coast & Country Homes, Inc. - San Luis Obispo, CA
e-Pro Realtor

Janice, I enjoyed reading this interesting trivia.  Yes I remember all those tons of Valentine's Day cards in elementary school.  They didn't really mean too much, because everyone was required to give one to everyone else.  It was kinda mandatory.  It's great to have a day that we stop and show our love for others, it doesn't even have to be a spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend.  We can send a special email to our children, friends, and co-workers!  It's fun and brightens everyone's day.

Feb 15, 2009 05:08 PM #5
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Regina - glad you did, but don't you remember that one or two special someone (s) and wondering what kind of valentine message they might send you. It is wonderful it has been a day to express our love for all kind of people. You're right!

Feb 15, 2009 06:56 PM #6
Cindy Crutcher
Lawrenceburg KY Foreclosures & Government Owned Properties - Lawrenceburg, KY
Real Estate Broker - Exit Realty Crutcher Lawrenceburg KY

Wow, what great info.  I thoroughly enjoyed the post. I never have to have an excuse to eat chocolate either. 

Feb 15, 2009 10:12 PM #7
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Cidy, glad you enjoyed it. I just have to learn to STOP eating chocolate

Feb 16, 2009 06:05 AM #8
Barbara Delaney
Park Place REALTORS, Inc. - Roanoke, VA

Dear Janice,

Beautiful post--great graphics and trivia!

You must continue to eat chocolate!



Feb 16, 2009 05:25 PM #9
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Barbara, yes, into every day a little chocolate must be savored.

Feb 16, 2009 07:23 PM #10
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